BA (Hons)(Psych) MPsych (Prof)
Registered: Perth, Western Australia
Bernadette is a Psychologist registered with the Australian Health Practitioner Regulation Agency (AHPRA). She is also a qualified and experienced Gestalt Psychotherapist. Working primarily from a gestalt therapy framework, Bernadette integrates the best evidence-based treatments particularly suited to each client. She attends closely to the early detection of maladaptive psychological processes and prevention wherever possible and helps clients develop confidence in their ability to achieve their goals within therapy. Personal growth and change can be both painful and exciting, and an effective therapeutic relationship is key.
- Adverse childhood events
- Anxiety, including Obsessive Compulsive behaviours
- Grief and Loss
Bernadette also has experience in utilising narrative therapy, exposure therapy, schema therapy, image rescripting and/or cognitive behavioural therapy. She is particularly experienced in helping people deal with trauma, including long standing problems related to adverse childhood experiences, and in identifying unhelpful personality traits that may contribute to unhappiness or dissatisfaction in life.
Bernadette has worked in various clinical mental health settings, including mother and baby services, psychiatric emergency settings, specialist services for defence force personnel, veterans and their families, mental health hospital and community services, older aged settings, rural and remote mental health services, and private practice. This has included working with people of all ages who
- are seeking personal growth through self-awareness
- feel generally dissatisfied with life and unsure about what is happening
- have developed patterns of unhelpful thoughts, behaviours and/or emotions
Bernadette has written the following articles that are available on this website:
You can refer yourself for an appointment and then make a claim from your private health fund depending on your level of cover. Your General Practitioner can refer you to psychological services by completing a referral letter and a mental health care plan (MHCP). You would then be eligible for Medicare Rebate. A MHCP enables you to access 6 rebated sessions in the first instance. The psychologist then provides feedback to your GP who reviews the MHCP and may approve a further 4 sessions. The Medicare Rebate is also available if a psychiatrist refers you to a psychologist, and you do not need a MHCP. Telehealth is available. Full member of the Australian Association of Psychologists Inc.
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Telephone: 0417 777 230
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